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Monday, May 17th

timeless

This I could listen to all day.

Charlie Parker (1920-1955, alto saxophone) with Efferge Ware (guitar), Little Phil Phillips (drums), “Cherokee” (R. Noble), 1942 (Damon Recording Studios, Kansas City, Mo.)

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Tuesday, September 1st

timeless

Charlie Parker Quintet (CP, 1920-1955, alto saxophone; Miles Davis, 1926-1991, trumpet;  Al Haig, 1922-1982, piano; Tommy Potter, 1918-1988, bass; Max Roach, 1924-2007, drums) with Symphony Sid Torin (1909-1984, announcer), live (“Groovin’ High,” D. Gillespie, F. Paparelli; “Big Foot,” C. Parker; “Ornithology,” C. Parker, B. Harris; “Slow Boat to China,” F. Loesser), New York (Royal Roost), 12/11/48

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Tuesday, April 16th

sounds of Chicago

Listen to this guitarist (2:47-), who just celebrated his 92nd birthday with a gig at Chicago’s Green Mill. Even at twenty-three he was utterly original.

Charlie Parker (1920-1955, alto saxophone) with George Freeman (1927-, guitar), et al., “Keen and Peachy” (C. Parker), live, Chicago, 1950

 

Monday, August 29th

Happy Birthday!

Charlie Parker (b. August 29, 1920) with Red Garland (piano), Bernie Griggs (bass), Roy Haynes (drums), “Moose the Mooche,” live, Boston, 1953


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radio

Today it’s all Bird all day at WKCR-FM (Columbia University).

Thursday, August 27th

tonight in Chicago

These folks will be at Constellation.

Tomeka Reid (cello) with Mary Halvorson (guitar), Jason Roebke (bass), and Tomas Fujiwara (drums), “Glass Light,” live, Chicago, 2014


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And these guys will be Elastic.

Dave Rempis (saxophone), Joshua Abrams (bass), Avreeayl Ra (drums), live, Chicago, 2013


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radio

Celebrating the birthdays of saxophonists Lester Young (August 27, 1909) and Charlie Parker (August 29, 1920), WKCR-FM (Columbia University) is featuring their music all day today (Young), all day tomorrow (Young and Parker), all day Saturday (Parker), and into Sunday morning (Parker).

Tuesday, December 24th

Last night this woman, who died of cancer in 2006, was very much alive, singing Bach on the radio.*

Johann Sebastian Bach, “Ich Habe Genug” (“I Have Enough,” church cantata), Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (1954-2006), 2003

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Christmas, 1948

Charlie Parker (alto saxophone), Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Al Haig (piano), Tommy Porter (bass), Max Roach (drums), “White Christmas,” live, New York (Royal Roost), 12/25/48

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*WKCR-FM (Columbia University), Bach Festival, through New Year’s Eve.

Thursday, May 16th

keep on dancing

Charlie Parker (alto saxophone) with Ray Malone (tap dance), “Donna Lee,” TV show (Broadway Open House*), 1950

*Broadway Open House is network television’s first late-night comedy-variety series. It was telecast live on NBC from May 29, 1950 to August 24, 1951, airing weeknights from 11pm to midnight. One of the pioneering TV creations of NBC president Pat Weaver, it demonstrated the potential for late-night programming and led to the later development of The Tonight Show.

Wikipedia

Wednesday, 8/29/12

who you’d be swept away by—right now—
if you were a 24-year-old male*

Jessie Ware, live, London, 7/18/12

“Night Light”

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“Taking In Water”

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“Running”

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lagniappe

radio: final day of WKCR’s Pres-&-Bird Birthday Marathon

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*Based on a sample of one—my son Alex.

Tuesday, 8/28/12

Need a ticket to an enchanted forest?

John Luther Adams, songbirdsongs (1974-80)

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radio: day two of WKCR’s Pres-&-Bird Birthday Marathon

Monday, 8/27/12

Everybody knows the boat is leaking . . .

Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows,” live, London, 2008

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talking (Canadian TV, 1997)

(Yeah, the interviewer is often obnoxious; but, despite [because of?] that, this is one of the more intriguing “celebrity interviews” I’ve heard.)

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reading table

Returning To My Cottage
by Wang Wei (699-759 [trans. David Young])

A bell in the distance
the sound floats
down the valley

one by one
woodcutters and fishermen
stop work, start home

the mountains move off
into darkness

alone, I turn home
as great clouds beckon
from the horizon

the wind stirs delicate vines
and water chestnut shoots
catkin fluff sails past

in the marsh to the east
new growth
vibrates with color

it’s sad
to walk in the house
and shut the door.

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radio: 72 hours of Pres & Bird

Celebrating the birthdays of Lester Young (8/27) and Charlie Parker (8/29), WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University) will be playing their music all day today, tomorrow, and Wednesday.

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